Music Theory & Musicianship Courses & Classes in London and Online

Musicianship courses will support your instrumental or vocal studies with a focus on reading, writing and hearing music and musical patterns. For more details about musicianship and music theory courses please visit our blog: Musicianship and music theory at City lit which lists our full sequence of musicianship and music theory classes.

Many of our courses are delivered online. For more information about our live online courses, please see our guide to online learning.

  1. Sight-reading for choral singers

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 7 Feb 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Do you sing in a choir or a choral society, or are thinking of joining one? Would you like to feel more confident about reading sheet music and sight-singing? Then join experienced singer and conductor, Penny Homer, for this short online course, to fill the gaps in your knowledge and improve your sight-singing skills in choral situations.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £69.00
    Concession: £42.00

  2. Music theory: introduction to score reading & analysis

    Music theory: introduction to score reading & analysis

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 8 Feb 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Learn to navigate music scores and analyse basic structures. Learn to identify stylistic characteristics of music from different periods of music history, suitable for developing your understanding of music in its historical context, and to support the style identification elements of grade 5+ ABRSM exams.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £129.00
    Concession: £79.00

  3. Music theory: grade 8

    Course Date: Mon 22 Feb 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Learn more complex elements of music such as writing two-part counterpoint above a given harmony, writing for keyboard in historical styles, writing melodies for instrument, and analysing a score (ornaments, harmonic structure, phrase structure, style, performance directions, use of voices and instruments). NB: this course has several scheduled breaks: 29 Mar, 5th and 12 April (Easter) and 3rd, 17th, 31st May (which includes the Bank holiday Mondays).

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £299.00
    Senior fee: £239.00
    Concession: £182.00

  4. Music theory: grade 5

    Course Date: Tue 23 Feb 2021 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    Learn about irregular metre, tenor clef, major and minor keys to six flats/sharps, primary triads, cadences, and

    standard expression signs. Essential for anyone taking higher grade practical exams. This course has multiple scheeduled breaks: 30th March, 6th & 13th April, 1st June.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £219.00
    Senior fee: £175.00
    Concession: £134.00

  5. Music theory: grade 1

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 24 Feb 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Learn the basic principles of musical language and notation: rhythmic values, time signatures, pitch on treble and bass clefs, simple major scales, intervals and key signatures, and the most common musical terms and signs.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £48.00

  6. Music theory: counterpoint 3

    Course Date: Mon 19 Apr 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Explore the art of counterpoint, a musical technique in which two or more melodies are combined to create a highly engaging musical texture. Through analysis and practical exercises, you'll learn to write effective counterpoint in a variety of stylistic contexts. Break weeks 3rd and 31st May 2021 (Bank Holidays).

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £121.00

  7. Music theory: diploma topics 3

    Course Date: Mon 19 Apr 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Consolidate your knowledge of music theory topics equivalent in standard to the first year of an undergraduate degree. The topics in this module are selected from the Trinity Associate (AMusTCL) syllabus. Prepare for this exam, or just develop your knowledge. This term: Exam technique and preparation. This course has three scheduled break weeks: 3rd, 17th and 31st May (includes Bank holidays).

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £121.00

  8. Musicianship 2: aural training with solfa C

    Course Date: Mon 19 Apr 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    This practical course focuses on sight-singing, putting the musical experience at the heart of learning. Gain a better understanding of musical concepts and develop your musicianship. Based on the famous Kodály method. Break weeks 3rd and 31st May (Bank holidays).

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £127.00
    Concession: £97.00

  9. Music theory: grade 3

    Course Date: Tue 20 Apr 2021 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    Develop your understanding of musical language by learning to read and write rhythm and melody in compound time, phrase structure and anacrusis (upbeat/pickup), transposing between clefs, major and minor keys up to four

    sharps/flats.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £127.00
    Concession: £97.00

  10. Music theory: grade 2

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 21 Apr 2021 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: Online
    Develop your knowledge of musical language by learning to read and write rhythm and melody in simple and compound time. Explore the concept of ledger lines, minor scales, intervals, and common key signatures, terms and signs. break week: June 2nd, 2021.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £97.00

  11. Music theory: introduction to score reading and analysis

    Music theory: introduction to score reading and analysis

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 22 Apr 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Learn to navigate music scores and analyse basic structures. Learn to identify stylistic characteristics of music from different periods of music history, suitable for developing your understanding of music in its historical context, and to support the style identification elements of grade 5+ ABRSM exams. Break week: 3rd June.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £97.00

  12. Music theory: grade 6

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 25 Apr 2021 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    Develop your understanding of musical language by learning to write four-part harmony, harmonise and write diatonic melodies, modulate, and analyse scores (harmony, melodic decoration, phrase structure, performance instructions, stylistic implications). This course has two: scheduled break weeks: 2nd and 30th June 2021.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £121.00

  13. Musicianship 2: rhythm

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 16 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Supplement your instrumental or vocal study and improve your musical timekeeping. You will listen and play in these live online sessions, reading and writing rhythms, and work by ear.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £169.00
    Senior fee: £169.00
    Concession: £103.00

  14. Music theory: introduction to composition techniques

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 17 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Apply theoretical knowledge gained from studying up to grade 5 in ABRSM music theory to further understand harmonic writing and chord progression in major and minor tonalities, to write short, typically 8 bar, compositions consisting of melody, harmony and bass, preparing you for the grade 6 theory syllabus. Break week: 21st Feb 2021.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £121.00

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